|Norman Music Festival|
|Location(s)||Downtown Norman, Oklahoma|
|Years active||2008 - present|
Norman Music Festival (NMF) is an annual three-day American music festival that takes place in downtown Norman, Oklahoma.Each year the festival highlights performances from many different genres of music. The festival includes both indoor and outdoor venues with musicians performing throughout the days and nights. Founded in 2008, the music festival has grown to include food and art from local vendors. In 2013 an estimated 60,000 people attended the festival, which is free to the public. A business survey conducted by the Norman Arts Council during the same year estimated the economic impact of NMF to the city of Norman to be in excess of $2.5 million.
A music festival is a community event oriented towards live performances of singing and instrument playing that is often presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality, or locality of musicians, or holiday.
Norman is a city in the U.S. state of Oklahoma located 20 miles (32 km) south of downtown Oklahoma City. As the county seat of Cleveland County and a part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, its population was 110,925 at the 2010 census. Norman's estimated population of 122,843 in 2017 makes it the third-largest city in Oklahoma.
Genre is any form or type of communication in any mode with socially-agreed-upon conventions developed over time. Genre is most popularly known as a category of literature, music, or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria, yet genres can be aesthetic, rhetorical, communicative, or functional. Genres form by conventions that change over time as cultures invent new genres and discontinue the use of old ones. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions. Stand-alone texts, works, or pieces of communication may have individual styles, but genres are amalgams of these texts based on agreed-upon or socially inferred conventions. Some genres may have rigid, strictly adhered-to guidelines, while others may show great flexibility.
NMF is held annually on the third Thursday through Saturday of April; if the traditional festival weekend conflicts with the Easter holiday then NMF shifts to the fourth weekend of the month to avoid conflicts with other Norman festivities.
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Founded as a one-day event, NMF has grown to encompass three full days of music and arts in the downtown Norman area with attendance growing significantly each year. Beginning in 2009, the NMF logo added a number to the end of its acronym to denote the number of occurrences of the festival. For example, the 2009 NMF was known as NMF2, 2010 was NMF3, and so on.
NMF is organized by volunteers and funded via donations from private citizens and nearby businesses. The festival is now sponsored by the Norman Arts Council.
NMF was first held in 2008 and at that time was a single-day musical event; it was not yet known if the festival would be a reoccurring phenomenon. An estimated crowd of 15,000 people attended the one-day event.
Main Stage- Evangelicals, Colourmusic, The Octopus Project, British Sea Power, Chainsaw Kittens, Polyphonic Spree
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The festival returned in 2009. Known as NMF2, it was held on April 25.In excess of 25,000 people attended NMF2, prompting festival organizers to consider expanding the number of days of the festival in future years.
Main Stage- El Paso Hot Button, Student Film, The Absolute, Sherree Chamberlain, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Sugar and Gold, Man Man, Starlight Mints, of Montreal
The 2010 festival, known as NMF3, expanded to two full days and was held on April 24–25. NMF3 organizers, having partnered with Dustbowl Arts Market, expanded the festival to include arts and crafts in addition to music.NMF3 garnered statewide attention when Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry signed a proclamation declaring April 25 "Norman Music Festival Day." Over 38,000 people attended the 2010 festival. The festival chairman was Quentin Bomgardner.
The Brewhouse Stage- Jacuzzi Lifeguards, Zach Winters, Sahid Benalioulhaj and family, Possum Brothers, Zuni, Miracord, Lost at Sea, Mama Sweet, Klipspringer, Love Button, Z'Ebre, MONTU
Dreamer Concepts Stage- Bungalouski, The Stumblers, P.O.T.E., ethios4, DJ Steve Morton, Sick Nick, Oklahoma Electronic Music Consortium
Latin Stage- Son del Barrio, Tekumbe, Social Klash
Michelangelo's Coffee & Wine Bar Stage- Farrel Droke, Tod J. Barrett, John Houser, Jim Madsen, Tracy Reed, Russell Kabir, Katie Mariah, Mike "Walker Run" Giroux, Shane Henry, Anvil Salute
Opolis Stage- Kite Flying Robot, Junebug Spade, Locust Avenue, Depth & Current, Hush Hush Commotion, Colourmusic, Octopus Project
Red Room Stage- Berkeley to DC, Blaise, Saturday Sirens, A Picture of the World, Unmarked Cars, J-Matic, The City Lives, BradChad Porter, Dan Skaggs, Griff Pippin, Spencer Hicks, Stan Stillman, Leah Kayajanian, Cameron Buchholtz, Kristen Rand, T.R. DeGraw, Derek Smith
Sonder Music Stage- Anthony Nagid Quartet, Off Boyd Jazz, Ivan Peña, Fah-Beyon, Circe
Sooner Theatre Stage- Student Film, Stephen Rawlings, Traindodge, Tony Romanello & the Black Jackets, Rainbows Are Free, Evangelicals
The Brewhouse Stage- The Candyguns, Wondernaut, The Lily Guild, Green Corn Revival, Maggie McClure, Ali Harter, Sherree Chamberlain, Audra Mae
Dreamer Concepts Stage- Loss of Season, Brian Blackwood, Never Satisfied, Palit, Lands Bejeweled, Tiger Blood, Dylan Hammett, Resident Funk, Camille Harp
Jägermeister Stage- Queens of Monroe, Chuck Allen Floyd, The HillBenders, Mike Hosty, Li'l Cap'n Travis, Those Darlins, The Gourds, James McMurty, Leon Russell
Little Rockers Kid Stage- McMichael Music, Norman Music Institute, Balcum Rancum Puppetry, The Studio of the Sooner Theatre, Sugar Free Allstars, Sonder Music, Dance & Art, OU Steel Drum Band
Main Stage- Gentle Ghost, Mayola, Dead Sea Choir, Jabee, Grupo Fantasma, Edan (with guest Dagha), The Sword, Electric Six, Dirty Projectors
Michelangelo's Coffee & Wine Bar Stage- Tom Crider, Matt Stratton, Gregg Standridge & Robert Bartlett, Daddy Love, Post Arcadia, Dante and The Hawks, Dustin Prinz, Chad Dorough, Steven Pitman & Katie Mariah
Opolis Stage- Brother Gruesome, Euclid Crash, Debris', The Toothman, Brother Bear, Ghost of Monkshood, Deerpeople
Red Room Stage- Quantum Turbo, Radio Deception, Venus Bogards, Hiphopapotamus, 8 Bit Cynics, Scales of Motion, Algebra, Eagle Claw
Sooner Theatre Stage- The Non
The 2011 festival, known as NMF4, expanded to three days and took place April 28–30.The Walkmen was the headliner. Robert Ruiz was the festival chairman.
Below is an alphabetized list of performers and stages adapted from the NM4 website. "Norman Music Fest 4" . Retrieved April 22, 2011.
Bill and Dees Stage - The Electric Primadonnas, The Needles, The Oh Johnny! Girls, The Purple Church, Thirteen Stars
Blackwatch Stage - Ben Kilgore, Brother Gruesome, Gentle Ghost, Sherree Chamberlain, Unwed Sailor
Bluebonnet Stage - Gregg Standridge, O Fidelis, The Gunship, The Rum Fellows, TheLonzoDogBand
Brewhouse Stage - Chase Kerby, Edgar Cruz, Green Corn Revival, Head Cabinets, Psymbience, The Nghiems
Michelangelos Stage - Indoor - Jerry Brooks/Frank Lawrence, John Houser, Nathan Brown, Russell Kabir, The Fountain and the Figurehead
Opolis Stage (indoor) - Catching Chloe, Crown Imperial, Depth & Current, Man-Made Objects, Saturday Sirens, Student Film, The Gentle Art of Floating, The Venditos
Bill and Dees Stage - Boy Wonder, John Wayne's Bitches, Modern Rock Diaries, MOON, People,People, Rico Muerte, RUDE AMPS
Bison Witches - Lands Bejeweled
Bluebonnet Stage - Black Canyon, Brad Fielder, Flatland Travelers, J.D. Thompsoni, The Damn Quails, Will Gardner
Blackwatch Stage - Brine Webb, Other Lives, The Burning Hotels, The Pretty Black Chains, The Workweek, Vandevander, Unwed Sailor
Brewhouse Stage - Black Jackets, daniel walcher, John Moreland, Love Button, Ottrepop, Psychotic Reaction, Tony Romanello
Dreamer Concepts Stage - Bungalouski, Frequency Jones, Grey Engraved, Jeff Hobbs & the Jacks, straightshooter, The East Dallas Shufflers, Travis Wackerly and the PostOkies
Guestroom Stage - Bottle Service, Dikes of Holland, Easy Lovers, Followed By Static, Kerai-Pantsu, Love Collector, Lumerians, Negro Allowance, Shitty/Awesome, Skating Polly, Stuffies/Shitty Beach Boys, The Boom Bang, The Copperheads, The Dead Space
Latin Stage - ALEGRIA REAL, LOS HOLLYWOOD, MONTE NEGRO
Michelangelos Stage - Indoor - Darden Pierce, David Henson, Farrel Droke, Ryan Welton, tomcriders
Opolis Stage (indoor - unplugged) - Ali Harter, Blue Valley Farmer, Luna Moth, Oz Davidson, Penny Hilary, The Neighborhood, Thee Bad Newes, Travis Linville
Opolis Stage (outdoor) - Brother Bear, Locust Avenue, Stardeath and White Dwarf, The Wurly Birds, White Denim
Red Room Stage - Day One, fos, Horse Thief, Mind The Fox, Of The Tower, The Rockettops, Watersparks
Sonder Jazz Stage - Anthony Nagid Jazz Quartet, Ivan's Hot Six, Laura Wiederhoeft & Kyle Reid, Open Jazz Session, Pa Pa Win
Sooner Theatre Stage - FRMR, Mama Sweet, Ryan Lawson, The Hex, The Mimsies
Spectacle Stage - Ashley Lin & Madisen Cary Duet, Ashtanga AcroYoga and Magic, Candela Latin Dancers, Dazzlers, Habibi Yal Albi (Marjan's troup), Julia's Academy of International Dance, Killer Drum (Marjan solo), Le Tepes Rouge, Norman High School Dancers, Ouija & The UniNauts, Prairie Folk Circus
The Garage Stage - Comedian - Anthony Cavazos, Comedian - BradChad Porter, Comedian - Cameron Buchholtz, Comedian - Dan Skaggs, Comedian - Derek Smith, Comedian - James Nghiem, Comedian - Michael Priest, Comedian - OKC Improv, Comedian - Rundus, Comedian - Ryan Drake, Comedian - Spencer Hicks, Comedian - Zach Smith
Ashtanga Yoga Studio Stage - Acrobatic Yoga and Magic Show with Andrew Eppler, Ashtavakra, DJ Sick Nick, DJ Steve Morton, Proprietors of the Earth
Bill and Dees Stage - And There Stand Empires, Apollo, DANIEL(S), Klipspringer, Luna Moth, Romero, Scales of Motion, Traindodge
Blackwatch Stage - BRONCHO, Debris', Jacob Abello, Kite Flying Robot, Native Lights, OK Sweetheart
Bluebonnet Stage - Acoustic Ross, Amy Lee and the Second Line, BLOODY OL MULE, Bulletproof Tiger, Carter Sampson & Joe Mack, Dr. Pants, Resident Funk, The Dead Armadillos
Brewhouse Stage - Big Brown & "Slim", Camille Harp, Hush Hush Commotion, Josh Roberts, K.C. Clifford, Kylie Morgan Band, Riley Jantzen and the Spirits, The Lily Guild
Dreamer Concepts Stage - Kale Hunter, Oklahoma Scottish Pipes & Drums group, Post Arcadia, Switchblade Rosie, The Barrelhouse Revelers, The Pizza Thieves, The Whiskey Trio
Jägermeister Stage - Ali Harter, Audra Mae, Beau Jennings, Dorian Small, Keller Williams, MONTU, Pidgin Band, The Trishas, Travis Linville
Little Rocker Kids Stage - Brendan Parker, Monty Harper, OU Jazz Band, Young Musicians Showcase: McMichael Music, Young Musicians Showcase: Norman Music Institute, Young Musicians Showcase: Sonder Music, Dance & Art, Young Musicians Showcase: The Studio of the Sooner Theatre
Main Stage - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Foot Patrol, Peelander-Z, Penny Hill Party, The Fortue Tellers, The Non, The Walkmen, Ty Segall
Michelangelos Stage - Indoor - Denver Duncan, Dustin Prinz and Anna Kinder, John Calvin, Scott Hartman (Aaron Squirrel), The Samurai Conquistadors, The Simoleons, Tod Barrett
Michelangelos Stage - Outdoor - Guitar & Mandolin Orchestra, Jim Madsen (S.W.A.N.), Kerry Folsom, Matthew Stratton, Richard 'Daddy' Love, tracy reed, Zach Walchuk
Opolis Stage (indoor - unplugged) - Brine Webb, Bulletproof Tiger, Carter Sampson & Joe Mack, Jeff Richardson, Jesse Aycock & Paul Benjaman, Ryan Lindsey, Seth Mccarroll, The Damn Quails
Opolis Stage (outdoor) - gum, JUNEBUG SPADE, Rainbows Are Free, Unmarked Cars, Zombie vs. Shark
Sooner Theatre Stage - aDDLib, Algebra, Colour Revolt, Emory Grey (formerly 8Bit Cynics), Jabee, Josh Sallee, Norman Chamber Music Composers Showcase, SoYé
Zanzibar Stage - Caravact, Hydrants, Magnificent Bird, Syloken, Taylor Atkinson Band, The Gussissin, Tim Jennings
Ashtanga Yoga Studio Stage - DJ Evolve
Blackwatch Stage - Chrome Pony, Colourmusic
The 2012 festival, known as NMF5, took place over three days in April from the 26th to 28th. Portugal. The Man was the headliner. Steven White was the festival chairman.
Below is an alphabetized full list of performers and stages for NMF5 taken from the NM5 website. "Norman Music Fest 5" . Retrieved May 3, 2012.
Bill&Dee's - Ali Harter, An Airbag Saved My Life, Rats Rats Rats, The Gentle Art of Floating, The Chloes, the hex, The Rockettops, Zombie vs. Shark
Blackwatch - Brine Webb, CHUD, Jacob Abello
Bluebonnet - Acoustic Ross, Black Canyon, fos, Taylor Rapp, The Antler Thief, The Samurai Conquistadors, Your Mom
Brewhouse - Aliens Vs Robots, Desi and Cody, Dr. Pants, O Fidelis, Paul Benjaman Band, People,People, Wondernaut, Zebre
Garage - DJ Keilo, DJ View, Zone
MerryBelle's - Dj Timmy B
Michalangelo's - Andrew Cullen, bob deupree, Craig Swan, Luna Moth, Matthew Stratton, TOM CRIDER, Tom Marshall - SWAN
Opolis - Brotherbear, Eureeka, Horse Thief, MMOSS, Olivia Tremor Control, Shi++y/Awesome, Woods
Red Room - Chelsey Cope, Dap Dap, FOS, Justin Witte and the Horn Wreckers, Lotta Tuff, Shawn Reidy Musician, Tallows, The Hitt Boyz, The Righs
Sooner Theatre - BradChad Porter, Cameron Buchholtz, Dan Skaggs, Sklar Brothers, Spencer Hicks
Latin Stage - Mexican Institute of Sound (DJ Camilo Lara), Son del barrio, TEKUMBE
Sooner Theatre - Rockumentary - Black Canyon’s Crossroad for the Restless (41 min), Rockumentary - Flaming Films: Rock-a-licious short films from the Legendary Flaming Lips (45 min), Rockumentary - The Sh*ttest Movie Ever Made (34 min)
Opolis - Defining Times, Guardant, Student Film, The Nghiems, The Non
Opolis - outdoor - DEERPEOPLE, New Fumes, Peelander Z, Prix Teen
Blackwatch - Burning Hotels, Dead Sea Chior, The Pretty Black Chains, Refund Division
Bill&Dee's - Billy Joe Winghead, DEBRIS', Early Beat, JUNEBUG SPADE, Porch Mice, Snorlaxx, The Oh Johnny! Girls, The Trading Co.
Bluebonnet - ADMIRALS, Brandon Patrick, Comedy Hour - with Derek Smith, Ivy Mike, Jeramy Westbrook, Nathan Joyer & James Draper, Pilgrim, The Electric Rag Band, The Lily Guild, The Needles, Them Hounds
Brewhouse - Cait Moore, Carousel Revolt, Giraffe Massacre, [PEACH], Scott Fleenor, Slanga & Breezy Burnz, Southbound Productions, The Kamals
OBS Blues Stage - Amy Lee & the Second Line, Dirty Red & the Soul Shakers, Ike Lamb & the Creepers, Wink Burcham
Michalangelo's - Darden Pierce, Farrel Droke, Jerry Brooks, Nathan Brown, Tod J. Barrett
Sonder Jazz Stage - David Leach Trio, Ivan Peña, Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots
Anty Shanty/ Dreamer - Amen Dunes, Bloody Knives, Depth & Current, Dikes of Holland, El Paso Hot Button, Psychotic Reaction, The Purple Church
Red Room - Algebra, BitchWizard, Black June Revival, Scabby Itchins, Scales of Motion, the disposables, they stay dead
Guestroom - Copperheads, Easy Lovers, Expo 70, French Inhales, Lizard Police, Lola-Cola, Smithers, True Widow
MerryBelle's - Brianna Gaither, Head Cabinets, Of The Tower, Syloken, The Dead Armadillos, The Rum Fellows
Ashtanga Yoga - Bizar with Jason Dub, Control C, Evolve, Kilter
Garage - 27 Club Karaoke Bash
Main Stage - Crown Imperial, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Modern Rock Diaries, Other Lives, Portugal. The Man, Privilege, Rainbows Are Free, Red Wanting Blue, Weekend Hustler
Jack Daniels Stage - Alejandro Escovedo, Hayes Carll, John Calvin & Camille Harp, Krystal Keith, Parker Millsap, The Damn Quails, The Giving Tree, The Possum Possee
Wild Prairie Family Park - Alegria Real, OU Steel Drum Band, Student Showcase: McMichael Music, Student Showcase: Norman Music Institute, Student Showcase: Sonder Music, Dance & Art, Student Showcase: The Studio of the Sooner Theatre, Sugar Free Allstars, Throughout The day - Activities : Facepainting, Rock Star Hair Spray, Instrument Playground, Wacky Science, Art Projects, Library Fun, Artwork On Display
Sooner Theatre - Allie Lauren, And There Stand Empires, Bungalouski, CARAVACT, MONTU, The Moai Broadcast, The Panda Resistance, The Wurly Birds
Opolis - Beau Jennings, Carly Gwin, Jeff Richardson, John Calvin, Josh Berwanger and Ricky Salthouse, Lounge Record After Party, Sheree Chamberlin, Tim Miser
Blackwatch - Beau Jennings & The Tigers, BRONCHO, Chrome Pony, Dad, Denver Duncan, Evangelicals, Feathered Rabbit, Locust Avenue
Bill&Dee's - Comedy Hour - with James Nghiem, Zach Smith, Rundus, Justin Smith, Ryan Drake, & Brian Stephens, Dadrock, Dustin Prinz, FoReVeR BLoWiNG BuBBLeS, ManHammer, Moon, Klipspringer, Love Button, Tandaradei, The Boom Bang, The Fabulous St. Knicholas Cage, Traindodge,
Bluebonnet - Gregg Standridge, Jessey General Thompson, JUDS ROUTINE, Kick Nancy Down, Rainbows Are Free (after party), Taddy Porter, The Del Toros, The Great America Jug Band, The Gunship (after party), The Venditos
Brewhouse - Blake Fischer, Good Morning Grizzly, gum, Maggie McClure, Magnificent Bird, Ryan Lawson and the Hack & Saw Nation, Shane Henry, SoYe, Tony Romanello and the Black Jackets, Van Risseghem
Michalangelo's - acoustic entertainment, Barling, Colin Ryan, Jerrod Beck, Kyle Reid, Local Honey
Michalangelo's Outdoors - Christophe and The Prairie Fire, Crown Folley, Jim Madsen & the Big Train String Quartet, Radio Apathy, Richard 'Daddy' Love, Rosa, Tanner Miller, The Consumed, The Dizzy Pickers, Tim Jennings + Friends
Anty Shanty/ Dreamer - Brother Gruesome, Bungalouski, Economy, Fishboy, Limp Wizurdz, Regg, Skating Polly, The Pizza Thieves
Red Room - aDDLib, Behind the Bleachers, Jabee, Josh Sallee, L.T.Z, MuGen(Music Genius) Crew, Yung O
MerryBelle's - Along Came a Robot, Brando, DJ Daleth, DJ Jonny Tsunami, Ironix, Mayhem, NMF5 After party featuring DJ Timmy B and DJ Yung2k, Panache One, Steve Morton
Ashtanga Yoga - Doohickey, Sick Nick, Steve Morton, This Guy That Guy
Garage - Beety Man, Dewey Binns, DJ Blev, DJ Werewulf, Josh Sallee, Myke Brown, Roosh Williams,
Bienvenuti's Classical Stage - Boulevard Brass Quintet, Clarinet & Violin Duo, Crouse Quartet, Norman High School Musicians, OK Mozart Presents Kyle Dillingham, OU Guitar Ensemble, Singing Sooners
Spectacle Stage - Bang Bang, carnevolve with ouija and the uninauts, Carrie Leslie modern dance, carnevolve circus jam juggling hooping unicycling (kids welcome!)
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